Numbing Song

I usually listen to XM radio these days; I can switch the channels and hear the genre of music that fits me that day.  Today I was listening to a contemporary country music channel and a new song co-written by a new song writer named Kacey Musgraves was played – I was saddened by the tenor and the lyrics of the music.  After the song the dj ranted about this new great talent and that she was a upcoming force in the genre.  That may be true and I haven’t heard anything else by her – I hope it is good.  But this song, Merry Go ‘round was a numbing, and deflated description of life in ‘anytown USA’.  It was defeatist and droned on about the numbness of life.  Throughout the song, as the title might suggest, she played with the words Merry & Mary.  It was thought provoking; could society view life as dreary and gray as this song?  And, of course, the answer is yes – if they don’t allow God in His greatness to penetrate their heart.  “If you ain’t got two kids by 21, you’re probably gonna die alone; at least that’s what tradition told you.” – wow.  Kids are a gift, not a necessary burden. God has a plan for you whether you marry or not, and if you follow it there will peace and joy.  And that was just the first verse! To me the whole song is about a life with God being absent – and that is sad.  Below you will find the lyrics – the one Mary/Merry that is missing is our Blessed Mother who can bring light into those drear and numb lives this song is about because she points us to her Son, the Life, the Truth and Way to happiness.  Let us all pray for those who lives this song describes because, in a way – their hell has already started.  And let us all, in our various ministries, exude the joy and peace that we receive from God while ministering.  The thing that this song seems to hunger for – that those who live this life are missing.  This is living the words of the Our Father – ‘Thy kingdom come’
 
Merry Go Round
writers: Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

If you ain’t got two kids by 21,
You’re probably gonna die alone
At least that’s what tradition told you.

And it don’t matter if you don’t believe,
Come Sunday morning you best be there
In the front row, like you’re s’posed to.

Same hurt in every heart.
Same trailer, different park.

Mamas hooked on Mary Kay
Brothers hooked on Mary Jane
And Daddies hooked on Mary two doors down.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We get bored so we get married
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go ’round and ’round and ’round we go,
Where it stops nobody knows…
And it ain’t slowin’ down, this merry go ’round…

We think the first time’s good enough,
So we hold on to high school love,
Say we won’t end up like our parents.

Tiny little boxes in a row,
Ain’t want you want it’s what you know,
Just happy in the shoes you’re wearin’.

Same checks we’re always cashin’,
To buy a little more distraction.

Cause Mamas hooked on Mary Kay
Brothers hooked on Mary Jane
Daddies hooked on Mary two doors down.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We get bored so we get married
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go ’round and ’round and ’round we go,
Where we stop nobody knows…
And it ain’t slowin’ down, this merry go ’round…

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We’re so bored until we’re buried.
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go ’round…
Merry go ’round…

Jack and Jill went up the hill,
Jack burned out on booze and pills,
And Mary had a little lamb,
Mary just don’t give a damn no more.

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